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10/22/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Developers use code to build cloud applications, and Pulumi wants them to also be able to use code to build cloud infrastructure.
10/22/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Smarty-pants bots, artificial intelligence engines and machine-learning servers are taking over. They are photographing and logging checks, researching credit scores, balancing books, monitoring and grading application performance and texting your mother to tell her that you’ve stayed up too late the past few nights. Well, maybe not that last one.
10/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Managed WordPress hosting provider Pagely has built its new NorthStack model to make running WordPress cheaper, using a serverless approach.
10/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Facebook’s war room in Menlo Park, Calif., is intended to allow the company’s security and media experts to manage attacks on elections in the U.S. and elsewhere.
10/19/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

A survey of 1,106 business and technology executives published by the IBM Institute for Business Value, finds that 85 percent of companies are already operating in multicloud environments. Moreover, 98 percent are forecasting they will be using multicloud within three years. These findings should surprise nobody who reads this blog.

However, the survey finds that only 39 percent of the respondents have implemented devops processes and tool chains. From a devops perspective, 51 percent of respondents use multicloud to cultivate a flexible infrastructure that supports agile application deployments.

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10/18/2018   eWeek Cloud News
While Amazon Web Services (AWS) has some intelligent secure defaults, those configurations can shift over time, which is where security startup DisruptOps is looking to make a difference.
10/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
At the Linux Foundation's inaugural Open FinTech Forum in New York City last week, attendees got a chance to discuss the latest state of open-source adoption and the extent that open-source strategies are changing financial service businesses.
10/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Virtustream Enterprise Cloud is built to run complex, mission-critical enterprise applications such as SAP, with a full suite of professional and managed services. It offers high availability and performance.
10/16/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Platform enhancements announced at Zoom's recent Zoomtopia 2018 conference include a new cloud phone system and application marketplace, among others.
10/16/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The global open source code repository also released new security tools with the GitHub Security Advisory API, new ways to learn across teams with GitHub Learning Lab for organizations, and other items. Oh yes, it also released the annual "State of the Octoverse" report.
10/16/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

A poll of 250 IT decision makers across North America conducted by managed services provider Softchoice that polled found preparation for cloud initiatives is on track. 83 percent of those polled said they had assessed existing applications to determine if they were ready for the cloud, and 82 percent had modernized their data centers in preparation for cloud. Moreover, 72 percent internally communicated the business impact of a cloud strategy.

But there were some surprises in what companies discovered once they move to cloud:

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10/16/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Cloud services like Azure offer a lot of security features straight out of the box, especially if you’re using their platform services. But virtual infrastructures are much like physical infrastructures, connecting virtual machines with software-defined virtual networks. Thus, they need the same security and network management tools as your own data center and your own application infrastructures.

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10/15/2018   eWeek Cloud News
In a bid to encourage more open platforms, IBM announced its new Security Connect, MultiCloud Manager and AI OpenScale platforms.
10/15/2018   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: The cloud is used by some of the most security minded organizations in the world. So why can’t we use it to streamline and strengthen the voting process? What would we need in a cloud-based voting system in order to trust it with something so important?
10/15/2018   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Once again, a series of disasters reminds us that for your business to survive a disaster, it must plan first, then execute that plan afterward.
10/15/2018   eWeek Cloud News
CyberArk has integrated technology from Vaultive to create a new offering that looks to help organizations secure session and access management in the cloud.
10/15/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

One of the last computing chores to be sucked into the cloud is data analysis. Perhaps it’s because scientists are naturally good at programming and so they enjoy having a machine on their desks. Or maybe it’s because the lab equipment is hooked up directly to the computer to record the data. Or perhaps it’s because the data sets can be so large that it’s time-consuming to move them. 

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10/15/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft is perhaps the most impressive company on the planet right now. While it doesn’t (currently) dominate markets like it used to, Microsoft has managed something dramatically more difficult, something that portends future success as a platform behemoth: profound cultural change.

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10/12/2018   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Google+ had a major vulnerability, but it wasn't a breach and Google+ isn't entirely dead (yet) either.
10/12/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Not to name names, but I’ve been reading in several publications that one of the main reasons to go to multicloud is to avoid vendor lockin. While I can see the logic behind this assumption—that having more cloud providers means you can be more independent—the reality is much different.

For example, if you have an application in the cloud, and you’re using a multicloud architecture, you’ll have two or three choices where to place that application workload and associated data: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and/or Google Cloud Platform.

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10/11/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

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10/10/2018   Virtualization
eWEEK DATA POINTS: HCI offers a compelling solution for complex IT environments, and enterprises that were early adopters of the technology have taken its potential to the bank.
10/10/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Red Hat updates its OpenShift Kubernetes container orchestration portfolio with new features gained via the acquisition of CoreOS in January.
10/10/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

A book published in 1981, called Nailing Jelly to a Tree, describes software as “nebulous and difficult to get a firm grip on.” That was true in 1981, and it is no less true nearly four decades since. Software, whether it is an application you bought or one that you built yourself, remains hard to deploy, hard to manage, and hard to run.

Docker containers provide a way to get a grip on software. You can use Docker to wrap up an application in such a way that its deployment and runtime issues—how to expose it on a network, how to manage its use of storage and memory and I/O, how to control access permissions—are handled outside of the application itself, and in a way that is consistent across all “containerized” apps. You can run your Docker container on any OS-compatible host (Linux or Windows) that has the Docker runtime installed.

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10/10/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Alert Logic is moving its container security support beyond Amazon Web Services and now supports Microsoft Azure--in addition to on-premises deployments of containers and Kubernetes.
10/09/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

I would have titled this post, “How to be a rainmaker in the cloud,” except the term rainmaker often refers to the selling process, which is already succeeding, and that success is a key contributing factor to why so many cloud initiatives are all wet. If nothing else, the popularity of cloud services has made the use of metaphors in technical articles much easier!

In this post, I write about some of the slipperier aspects of cloud services, how to reap the most benefits, and ways to identity potential pitfalls before a sinking feeling sets in.

AI, big data, and the cloud

A great expression going around about AI and big data is that they are “like teenage sex: Everyone talks about it; nobody really knows how to do it; everyone thinks everyone else is doing it; so everyone claims they are doing it.” I want to add to that that “and most of those that are doing are not having nearly as much fun as they could be.” The same can be said for the cloud, even though it has been around a lot longer and is relatively more mature. And many people actually already have it, though they might not know it, so maybe it is more like insanity.

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10/09/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Symantec is expanding its cloud security portfolio with new cloud workload assurance capabilities, enhanced cloud workload security features and a new Managed Cloud Defense service.
10/09/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Adobe is delivering on the promise it made in May when it announced plans to acquire Magento Commerce for $1.68 billion, a deal it said would lead to the creation of a single platform for both B2B and B2C customers globally.
10/09/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The biggest barrier to effective IoT implementation is lack of internal expertise and skills, according to 31 percent of respondents. Other barriers include the inability to manage and process large volumes of data (29 percent), integration issues (28 percent) and too many legacy systems (28 percent).
10/09/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

There are lots of big cloud shows coming up, and the core themes will be containers, devops integration, and more serverless computing services, such as databases, middleware, and dev tools.

Why the focus on serverless computing? It’s a helpful concept, where you don’t have to think about the number of resources you need to attach to a public cloud service, such as storage and compute. You just use the service, and the back-end server instances are managed for you: “magically” provisioned, used, and deprovisioned.

The serverless cloud computing concept is now white-hot in the cloud computing world, and the cloud providers are looking to cash in. Who can blame them? At the same time, you can take things to a silly level. I suspect there’ll be a few serverless concepts that jump the shark the day they are announced.

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10/09/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Building distributed systems is hard. When you’re working with applications that span a planet, the speed of light is a brake on what you want to do, complicating data replication among servers and services. Someone buys a widget in Hong Kong at almost the same time as someone in Paris, but there’s only one in stock. How do you know who to bill, and who to tell the purchase failed? Whose purchase ends up being the one recorded in your line-of-business tools?

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10/05/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Palo Alto Networks is aiming to combine the technology from RedLock with capabilities it acquired in March from Evident.io to create a new unified cloud security platform.
10/05/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

A survey of 300 IT professionals by Fugue, a cloud infrastructure security provider, reveals that most enterprises are vulnerable to security events caused by cloud misconfiguration, including data breaches and system downtime events.

From the report:

  • Nine in ten have real concerns about security risks due to misconfiguration, and less than a third continuously monitor for them.
  • Teams report a frequency of 50 or more misconfigurations each day, yet half of the teams only review alerts and remediate issues on a daily—or longer—timeframe, leading to dangerously long infrastructure vulnerability periods.

Of course, this report (like any vendor-sponsored report) is self-serving. But the message reflects something that I’m seeing a lot today in the real world—and it’s scaring the hell out of me.

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10/03/2018   Virtualization
Flash storage pioneer, which has seen hard times, has fine-tuned its strategy and is going only after what it calls the “extreme-performance” storage market. It also has a new hot-shot flash array to talk about.
10/02/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has two meanings. The most common refers to running workloads remotely over the internet in a commercial provider’s data center, also known as the “public cloud” model. Popular public cloud offerings—such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Salesforce’s CRM system, and Microsoft Azure—all exemplify this familiar notion of cloud computing. Today, most businesses take a multicloud approach, which simply means they use more than one public cloud service.

The second meaning of cloud computing describes how it works: a virtualized pool of resources, from raw compute power to application functionality, available on demand. When customers procure cloud services, the provider fulfills those requests using advanced automation rather than manual provisioning. The key advantage is agility: the ability to apply abstracted compute, storage, and network resources to workloads as needed and tap into an abundance of prebuilt services.

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10/02/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Based on “active data” from more than 1,600 customers using Sumo Logic’s platform, a new report shows:

None of this data should surprise you given the explosion of the market, but it is interesting to confirm that enterprises are now quickly moving up the cloud stack. Your focus is moving away from infrastructure services, such as basic storage and compute, to the services the “cool kids” are using, meaning multicloud management, serverless computing, and containers.

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10/02/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Life changed for programmers and operations teams when the cloud arrived. Instead of waiting weeks, months, and sometimes more than a year for new hardware to be purchased and provisioned, the cloud of servers makes it possible to get a new idea up and running in seconds with just a click or three.

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10/02/2018   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

How by-the-app solutions can tackle common cloud migration roadblocks including ramp up, risk management, and operational overhead.

09/28/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

For most companies, multicloud and hybrid cloud environments aren’t a choice. They’re just what happens as those companies evolve. So while 451 Research projects that 69 percent of organizations expect to run a multicloud environment by 2019, the reality is that 100 percent are already there. That’s because any company that has set up in the cloud is almost certainly already running in more than one. The reason? Developers.

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09/28/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

You are setting up a quick report around sales for the year, and it needs to use three separate databases. One is an object database running on Amazon Web Services. The second and third are relational databases running on Microsoft Azure.

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09/27/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The latest version of the container orchestration system Kubernetes, 1.12, brings to GA the Kubelet TLS Bootstrap, a feature that automates the provisioning of TLS client certificates for Kubelets. Kubernetes 1.12 also adds support for container cluster autoscaling on Microsoft Azure’s virtual machine scale sets. 

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09/27/2018   Virtualization
The third major release of the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system in 2018 is now out, providing users with a stable release of a key security feature that has been in development for two years, while previewing a new sandboxing isolation capability.
09/27/2018   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Choosing the right cloud computing architecture depends on your business and technology service requirements. This excerpt from Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions explains the different cloud models including baseline cloud architectures, complex architectures, and hybrid clouds.

09/26/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Remember Snort? Or Asterisk? Or Jaspersoft or Zimbra? Heck, you might still be using them. All of these open source champions—InfoWorld Best of Open Source Software Award winners 10 years ago—are still going strong. And why not? They’re still perfectly useful.

Ten years ago these tools were among the best answers to pressing needs in the enterprise network—for intrusion detection, call management, reporting, and collaboration. But looking back on them now, you can’t help but think, “Wow. Software was so much simpler then.”

But even as we grapple with the likes of microservice architecture, distributed data processing frameworks, deep neural networks, and “dapps,” we remain steadfast in our commitment to bring you—this year and every year—the best that open source has to offer. Welcome to InfoWorld’s 2018 Best of Open Source Software Awards!

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09/26/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
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The question used to be, “What container orchestration platform are you using?” Now the question is, “So, how are you running Kubernetes?” The past year has seen Kubernetes continue its domination, with managed “K8s” clusters being offered by all three major cloud providers, and lots of innovation happening in the surrounding ecosystem. Our 2018 Bossie winners in cloud computing are ushering in the new era of cloud-native applications.

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09/25/2018   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Today’s hybrid architectures require a combination of monitoring techniques to create a modern, full-stack, hybrid cloud monitoring capability.